PASCO - Sunnyside's Eduardo Salmeron will lead a contingent of 16 Sunnyside Grizzlies to this coming weekend's 3A Regional track meet in Spokane. The lone Grizzly to earn a District championship was Salmeron, that coming in the triple jump.
"Eduardo did really well," said SHS Coach Darren Mezger of his champion's performance at this past weekend's District tournament in Pasco. "He's only a sophomore and for him to be District champ in the triple jump is pretty impressive."
Salmeron won the triple jump with a distance of 41-7.25. He beat Eastmont's Darin Hardgrove by nearly 18 inches. Fellow Grizzly Sergio Lugo placed fourth in the event with a distance of 38-9.5.
This was good enough to earn Lugo an invite to the Regional tournament in Spokane. The top eight placers at District in each event advanced to the Regional meet. The top four placers in the relay events moved on to Spokane.
Salmeron finished fourth in the long jump event with a distance of 20-7.5. Eastmont's Trenton Osborn claimed the championship with a distance of 21-7.25. Salmeron just missed qualifying for Regionals in the high jump. He placed ninth, but missed the cut because of scratches after tying with four others ahead of him at 5-8.
Sunnyside's Jorge Ramirez qualified for Regionals in three events. He was fourth in the 200m event with a time of 23.25 seconds. Jerrod Johnston of Kamiakin was the champion when he ran the event in 22.03 seconds.
Ramirez was third in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.70. Joseph Collett of Hanford won the event with a time of 14.63. He was eighth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 42.45 seconds. This event was won by Collett, as well, with a time of 39.30.
Both Miguel Guzman and Eric Amaro gave Sunnyside Regional berths in the 800g javelin throw. Guzman was third with a distance of 161-3 and Amaro was fifth with a distance of 154-3. The event was won by Hanford's Cameron Wagar with a distance of 175-9.
In the long distance events Sunnyside's Juan Reynoso and Nathan Gonzalez qualified for the Regional meet. Reynoso finished fifth in the 3200m event with a time of 10:08.58. Anthony Armstrong of Kamiakin was the champion with a time of 9:22.86.
Reynoso was also third in the 1600m with a time of 4:33.58 and Gonzalez was eighth with a time of 4:40.49. That event was won by Armstrong, as well, with a time of 4:20.98.
"Juan ran really well," Mezger said. "He PR'd by seven seconds in the 1600. Nathan did well, too. To have two runners qualify for Regionals in long distance runs is pretty big. I'm really proud of those guys for stepping up and running well."
Sunnyside's Ryan Rice was the eighth Sunnyside boy to qualify for the Regional tournament. He placed eighth in the pole vault when he cleared 12-6. The event was won by Berlie Walker of Eastmont when he cleared 14 feet.
Eight Sunnyside girls also qualified for this week's Regional meet.
Marisa Broersma led the Sunnyside girls by qualifying for two events. She was fifth in the 200m event with a time of 27.08. The event was won by West Valley's Chantel Jaeger with a time of 24.44.
Broersma was also fifth in the 400m with a time of 1:01.83. That event was won by Lindsay Burns of West Valley with a time of 56.65.
Also qualifying for Regionals were Sunnyside's Mellissa Amaro and Ayla Schmick.
Amaro placed fifth in the 600g javelin with a distance of 98-8. The event was won by Angelique Whistocken of Kennewick with a distance of 123 feet.
Schmick was sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 32-3.25 feet, a personal record. The triple jump was won by Taylor Reynolds of Eastmont with a distance of 38-0.75.
The Sunnyside girls received some good news this morning (Monday). Mezger said his 4x200 relay team of Ashley Montes, Laura Carrillo, Nereyda Barajas and Miranda Borrego placed fifth in the District event with a time of 1:57.60. They learned today that the fourth place team, Southridge, was disqualified because of a scratch, which elevated the Lady Grizzlies to fourth place and clears a spot at next week's Regional tournament.
The Regional tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College. The top three placers in each event move on to State competition.